Aerosmith – I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing (Video)

Lyrics:

[Verse 1]
I could stay awake just to hear you breathing
Watch you smile while you are sleeping
While you’re far away and dreaming
I could spend my life in this sweet surrender
I could stay lost in this moment forever
Every moment spent with you is a moment I treasure

[Chorus]
Don’t want to close my eyes
I don’t want to fall asleep
Cause I’d miss you, baby
And I don’t wanna miss a thing
Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream would never do
I’d still miss you, baby
And I don’t want to miss a thing

[Verse 2]
Lying close to you feeling your heart beating
And I’m wondering what you’re dreaming
Wondering if it’s me you’re seeing
Then I kiss your eyes and thank God we’re together
And I just want to stay with you
In this moment forever, forever and ever

[Chorus]
Don’t want to close my eyes
I don’t want to fall asleep
Cause I’d miss you, baby
And I don’t wanna miss a thing
Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream would never do
I’d still miss you, baby
And I don’t want to miss a thing

[Verse 3]
I don’t want to miss one smile
I don’t want to miss one kiss
Well, I just want to be with you
Right here with you, just like this
I just want to hold you close
I feel your heart so close to mine
And just stay here in this moment
For the rest of time, yeah, yeah, yeah!

[Chorus]
Don’t want to close my eyes
I don’t want to fall asleep
Cause I’d miss you, baby
And I don’t wanna miss a thing
Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream would never do
I’d still miss you, baby
And I don’t want to miss a thing
Don’t want to close my eyes
I don’t want to fall asleep
Cause I’d miss you, baby
And I don’t wanna miss a thing
Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream would never do
I’d still miss you, baby
And I don’t want to miss a thing

[Outro]
Don’t want to close my eyes
I don’t want to fall asleep, yeah
I don’t want to miss a thing

 

I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” is a power ballad[2] performed by American hard rock band Aerosmith for the 1998 film Armageddon which Steven Tyler‘s daughter Liv Tyler starred in. Written by Diane Warren, the song debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (the first #1 for the band after 28 years together). It is one of three songs performed by the band for the film, the other two being “What Kind of Love Are You On” and “Sweet Emotion“. The song stayed at number one for four weeks from September 5 to 26, 1998. The song also stayed at number 1 for several weeks in several other countries. It sold over a million copies in the UK and reached number four on the UK Singles Chart.[3]

This song was also featured in the 2013 video game Saints Row IV. The track was also heard in an episode of “Jewelpet Sunshine” which is the third season of the Jewelpet franchise.

Inspiration

In 1997, Diane Warren was watching Barbara Walters interview James Brolin and Barbra Streisand. Brolin said he missed Streisand when they were asleep, and Warren wrote down the words “I don’t want to miss a thing”, before there was even a song.[4]

Reception

This song was Aerosmith’s biggest hit, debuting at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for four weeks in September, and reaching number 1 in many countries around the world, including Australia, the Philippines, Germany, Ireland, Austria, Norway, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

The chorus of the song is highly reminiscent of an earlier song Diane Warren co-wrote, “Just Like Jesse James“, which appeared on Cher‘s 1989 album Heart of Stone.

The song helped open up Aerosmith to a new generation[5] and remains a slow dance staple.[6]

It was one of many songs written by Warren in that time period. The original version was a collaboration between Chicago musician Phil Kosch of Treaty of Paris and Super Happy Fun Club, and nephew of chart topping writer Lou Bega. Bega introduced the two and they penned the initial track, but ultimately Kosch was left uncredited.

The song is notable for having been nominated for both an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song.

Track listing

CD single
  1. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” – 4:57
  2. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (Rock Mix) – 4:30
  3. Taste of India” (Rock Remix) – 5:52
  4. “Animal Crackers” – 2:35

The song appeared on the Argentine version and a European re-released version of the album Nine Lives. It also appeared on the Japanese version of Just Push Play.

CD single 2
  1. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (Pop Mix) – 5:03
  2. “Pink” (live) – 3:48
  3. “Crash” – 4:30

“Crash” and the original “Pink” appeared as tracks 9 and 11, respectively, on all versions of Nine Lives.

CD single 3
  1. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” – 4:57
  2. “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (Rock Mix) – 4:30
  3. “Crash” – 4:30
  4. “Animal Crackers” – 2:35

Music video

The music video for this song was shot at the Minneapolis Armory in 1998 and was directed by Francis Lawrence.[7] It features the band playing the song intertwined with scenes from the film Armageddon. It features an appearance by Steven Tyler‘s daughter Liv, who plays Grace Stamper in the film. Steven Tyler injured his knee the day before the shoot, so they used a lot of close-ups because his movement was limited.

The video begins with shots of the moon in orbit and several asteroids passing by safely and then a view of Earth before zooming in to show Steven Tyler singing. The shots interchange between the band and Mission Control viewing the band singing via their monitors. As the video progresses it reveals that the band is playing in front of what appears to be the fictional Space Shuttle Freedom. Along with Aerosmith, a full hand orchestra plays in sync with the melody. Then smoke surrounds the orchestra and the members of Aerosmith as Freedom takes off from the launch pad. Finally, the screen goes out as a tearful Grace touches one of the monitors to reach out to her father (real life father Steven Tyler in the video; on-screen father Harry Stamper, played by Bruce Willis, in the film).

The video was highly successful and greatly contributed to the song’s success, receiving heavy airplay on MTV and went on to become the second most popular video of 1998, only behind Brandy and Monica’s “The Boy is Mine“. It also won awards for MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film, and Best Video at Boston Music Awards.

Charts

Chart (1998) Position
Australian Singles Chart[32] 4
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[33] 13
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[34] 27
Dutch Singles Chart[35] 23
Swiss Singles Chart[36] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[37] 23

Decade-end charts

Preceded by
The Boy Is Mine” by Brandy and Monica
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
September 5, 1998 – September 26, 1998
Succeeded by
The First Night” by Monica
Preceded by
High” by Lighthouse Family
Australia ARIA Singles Chart
number-one single

September 13, 1998 – November 22, 1998
Succeeded by
Rollercoaster” by B*Witched
Preceded by
Millennium” by Robbie Williams
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
October 10, 1998 – October 17, 1998
Succeeded by
Sweetest Thing” by U2

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[39] 2× Platinum 140,000
Austria (IFPI)[40] Gold 25,000
France (SNEP)[41] Silver 125,000
Germany (BVMI)[42] Platinum 500,000
Italy (FIMI)[43] Gold 25,000
Japan (RIAJ)[44] Gold 100,000^
Norway (IFPI)[45] Platinum 7,500
Sweden (IFPI)[46] 2× Platinum 60,000
Switzerland (IFPI)[47] Platinum 50,000
United Kingdom (BPI)[48] 2× Platinum 1,200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[49] Platinum 1,000,000
*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Mark Chesnutt version

In late 1998, country music artist Mark Chesnutt recorded a cover version of the song. His rendition is the first single and title track from his 1999 album of the same name.[52] Chesnutt’s cover spent two weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts in early 1999, and is the last of his eight number ones on that chart. It is also the first of only two singles in his career to reach the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number 17 in early 1999.

Preceded by
Stand Beside Me
by Jo Dee Messina
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

February 20–27, 1999
Succeeded by
No Place That Far
by Sara Evans
Preceded by
For a Little While
by Tim McGraw
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

March 8–15, 1999
Succeeded by
You Were Mine
by Dixie Chicks

Other appearances

 

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More from Aerosmith
Cryin’: https://youtu.be/_K5gCGpcddQ
Sweet Emotion: https://youtu.be/82cJgPXU-ik
Livin’ On The Edge: https://youtu.be/7nqcL0mjMjw

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